So Floyd Mayweather put on a singularly entertaining performance to get the unanimous decision win over a formidable Miguel Cotto this weekend. We don't even need to get into how badly Mayweather vs Cotto kicked the crap out of UFC on Fox 3 as a cultural/business phenomenon.
Having watched both cards in full, I'd have to say the UFC card was very competitive as an entertainment package but in terms of ratings and media coverage it was no contest. Floyd Mayweather is the biggest name in combat sports, no exceptions. There's only one name who's nearly as big as "Money" Mayweather and it's a man who by all rights should have stepped into the ring with Floyd on Cinco de Mayo: Manny Pacquiao.
Unfortunately the boxing writers I pay the closest attention to are pretty insistent that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao won't happen.
Here's Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook talking about Mayweather's next opponent:
The quickest thing that needs to be said: Guys, it's not going to be Manny Pacquiao. We'll still talk about every stupid tidbit about that fight that comes up, but it's about 99.6% certain that Mayweather vs Pacquiao will not be coming this year. There is that 0.4% chance it could happen, but it's really, really unlikely.
And here's our own Brent Brookhouse moonlighting at SBNation:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is "the fight" for boxing. It's the one that gets the conversation going, no matter how big of a boxing fan someone is. And it's the fight that everyone wants to talk about yet again on the heels of Floyd's tremendous win over Miguel Cotto this past Saturday.
"It HAS to happen! It WILL happen!" fans and media shout. But no, unfortunately it does not have to happen and it almost certainly will not happen. It should happen. But the very money that everyone claims makes the fight "worth it" for the fighters is why it's not worth it to the fighters or promoters. Years of fighting without losing and making a lot of money each time out with the claim of being the "real" best pound-for-pound fighter outweigh one fight that would involve working with hated rivals and significantly diminishing the value of the loser.
Most ominously, Brent even predicts that Pacquiao will lose his next fight, a disaster that would kill the Mayweather-Pacquiao momentum completely.
Some thoughts about why the fight isn't happening after the jump.
The quickest summary is this: Floyd Mayweather works with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Productions and Manny Pacquiao works with Bob Arum's Top Rank. And Top Rank insists on a 50/50 split and Mayweather insists on getting more than 50%.
Add the fact that Pacquiao actually signed with Golden Boy in 2006 only to renege on the deal and return to Top Rank and you've got a recipe for inertia.
We'll let Bob Arum of Top Rank have his say:
"[Mayweather] looked very, very vulnerable," Arum said during an interview with Boxingscene.com. "It was a good fight and I had Cotto winning 5 rounds to 4 after nine rounds and then Cotto faded down the stretch and that Mayweather won the fight but not as wide as the scoring. ... [He] is great with that shoulder roll that just blocks the right hand but he can't defend against the left hand. You see how Cotto was hitting him with that left hand almost at will, and if he's fighting a southpaw who has a punch like Pacquiao, he'll suffer. He doesn't want to fight Pacquiao."
And Mayweather isn't sounding optimistic either, per Yahoo!:
"There really isn't anybody out there for me to fight," Mayweather said at the post-fight press conference. "So I really don't know where my career is going to go from here. ... I've been feeling like [I want to retire] before this fight. Like I said before, if it is my last my fight at least I gave the fans [what they wanted]."